Irin Carmon

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  • 10 years ago

    The gaucho, the tough, half-breed cowboy of Argentine lore, once ruled the pampas, and the Jews landing there a century ago wanted a piece of it. Los Gauchos Judíos—Alberto Gerchunoff's takeoff on Cervantes, the Yiddish folktale, and a...

  • 10 years ago

    Andrea Echeverri says an angel appeared after she drank hallucinogenic tea and told her to have a baby. Echeverri obeyed, but unlike at least one other woman who got the news via divine messenger, she's no blessed virgin. She named her daughter Mi...

  • 11 years ago

    We are Latin Americanist Hindi interpreters from the subcontinent, bespectacled Brazilian graduate students who served in the Israeli army, rangy Galician professionals fresh from the European Union's halls. We are Welsh-Egyptian pan-Arabists in f...

  • 11 years ago

    Given that reggae has borrowed Zion, maybe the equation can go both ways? A recent crop of Israeli-bred beats is refracting through the idioms pioneered by Judaism's estranged black brothers and sisters: a bit of Jamaica, lots of rap and funk. Rec...

  • 11 years ago

    There are things to love about Talib Kweli, if you're so inclined. Someone needs to be out there, fists up, feet on the streets, nose in the newspaper, scouring for mentions of Mother Africa so he can name-drop Sierra Leone on his tracks. The man ...

  • 13 years ago

    There's a story floating around about how Noreaga got his name—the type of tale that doesn't require reality to bolster it, because it's the myth that matters. At Collins Correctional Facility, where Queens-born Victor Santiago met collaborat...


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